IFAI member company Custom Canvas of Charleston

When we started the business our best resources were organizations like MFA, IFAI and the Canvas Products Association Zone meetings. My advice to others is to go to every conference you can and learn from everyone there. One morning at 6 a.m. my husband Jim was looking for a certain kind of fitting. He sent out an email to about 30 other fabricators asking for help. An hour later he had four answers. Even our competitors are willing to share their knowledge.

Jeri Perillo is president of Custom Canvas of Charleston, Charleston, S.C. Read the full profile in the August 2012 Perspective from Specialty Fabrics Review.